In Terra Nova, author Henriette Lazaridis explores two very different worlds that are tied together in the most unexpected ways. Heywoud and Watts are on a race to the South Pole while Heywoud’s wife, Viola, is at home in London navigating her job as a photographer in the middle of the women’s suffrage movement.
This haunting, beautiful tale spans continents, yet despite the distance these three people are linked together in ways they’re only beginning to understand. It’s the kind of book that’s great company on a rainy Saturday afternoon, or into the late nights hours after you discover you can’t put it down until you’ve reached the thrilling conclusion.
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From the cover of Terra Nova:
“A haunting story of love, art, and betrayal, set against the heart-pounding backdrop of Antarctic exploration—from the Boston Globe-bestselling author of The Clover House.
The year is 1910, and two Antarctic explorers, Watts and Heywoud, are racing to the South Pole. Back in London, Viola, a photo-journalist, harbors love for them both. In Terra Nova, Henriette Lazaridis seamlessly ushers the reader back and forth between the austere, forbidding, yet intoxicating polar landscape of Antarctica to the bustle of early twentieth century London.
Though anxious for both men, Viola has little time to pine. She is photographing hunger strikers in the suffrage movement, capturing the female nude in challenging and politically powerful ways. As she comes into her own as an artist, she’s eager for recognition and to fulfill her ambitions. And then the men return, eager to share news of their triumph.
But in her darkroom, Viola discovers a lie. Watts and Heywoud have doctored their photos of the Pole to fake their success. Viola must now decide whether to betray her husband and her lover, or keep their secret and use their fame to help her pursue her artistic ambitions.
Rich and moving, Terra Nova is a novel that challenges us to consider how love and lies, adventure and art, can intersect.”